1. El Mural de los Poblanos
16 de Septiembre 506
This fine-dining restaurant, located in the historic center of Puebla, preserves the cooking methods and recipes of original Mexican gastronomy, while enhancing flavors with more modern elements. The decor of El Mural de los Poblanos features murals by Antonio Alvarez Moran, a Poblano artist who’s been giving solo exhibitions since 1975 — they fit well with the original recipes, artisanal cooking techniques, and regional ingredients coming out of the kitchen of this 17th-century mansion.
For a Mexican delicacy, order the escamoles, ant larvae served with corn tortillas, salsa, and guacamole, or gusanos, which are worms served with the same. The chefs will fry them right in front of you.
I’d also recommend sampling some of the mescal, as there’s a wide selection from all different regions of Mexico. Don’t take it like a shot — sip it slowly and enjoy the flavor. You’ll be given orange slices and salt ground with dried caterpillars to cut the strength of the drink.